The Difference Between You and Me
These two girls have nothing in common, except the passionate "private time" t ...more
First, Jesse and every other character is a flaming stereotype. It's okay to be butch, or do whatever you want to express your orientation/gender identity/political beliefs- that's chill. It's just that it's THE ENTIRE BOOK. Everyone is a liberal radical who fights the system and listens to NPR and has quirky accessories and causes. That, or they're an objectivist (Wyatt, gay best friend (if they're both gay, does that stereotype count? Is there a lesb ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. What I liked: it's a fast, enjoyable read with an empowering ending. A couple of the characters, particularly Jesse, ended up being more complex than I initially anticipated. Jesse's parents are present and positively involved in her life. The themes of the book (for example: being true to yourself) are age appropriate. TDBYAM is not ...more
"Light a candle, curse the glare"
"'This is a conversation,' Jesse's father says, 'about what happened at school today.'
"'I don't really feel like having a conversation about what happened at school today,' Jesse shrugs.
"'Well, you're gonna,' snaps her mother. Jesse's father lays a restraining hand lightly on his wife's arm.
"'Sweetheart,' he says to Jesse, 'It' ...more
Jesse Halberstam is out and proud. She goes around the school in an awful pair of boots and a homemade haircut hanging up posters with her manifesto for the liberation of weirdos. But she has a secret. Every Tuesday she meets Emily Miller a ...more
I really loved Jesse. She was very complex and very unique. She didn’t care to be different but her feelings for ...more
I'm not sure if teens will really relate to the story line, because there is a strong focus on politics. The "differences" that teens usually face (in books and probably in real life, from my ...more
Jesse is a lesbian who is out to her parents, who are both former activists (they met when they were being fingerprinted after being arrested at a protest). She is admittedly off-beat, cutting her hair with a Swiss Army knife and wearing b*tt-ugly green fisherman's boots every day. She is the sole member of the ...more
The blurb makes this sound like a love story, which it is not. And the trend of baby dykes falling in love with closeted straight girls is so sad and heartbreaking. Also, I am ALWAYS way more curious about the closeted straight girls than I am about the characters who are out. Or, ...more
What happens in this book: Jesse, an out yet very awkward and geeky and mostly a loner high school junior, is having a clandestine relationship with Emily, a popular student council type with a jock boyfriend. Jesse's parents are politically radical, liberal type folks, and this (I guess) makes it seem natural when she becomes friends with another girl at school, Esther, who is p ...more
Ostensibly it's about two high school girls, sophomore Jesse and junior Emily. Jesse is out and proud about being both queer and a weirdo; Emily is closeted, buttoned up, a striver. Their common ground is the time they secretly spend together every week making out in a library restroom. When they find themselves on opposite sides of a controversy over a Walmart-like company moving into town questions arise about what their relationship means to each of them and what they ...more
It really upsets me to read a diverse book and not want to recommend it. More than any other book, I’m predisposed to love them and determined to find the good, but some don’t live up to my expectations.
The Difference Between You and Me isn’t a terrible book. It tries really hard, and it’s about good things. Actually, I think part of it’s problem is that it tries too hard and ends up whacking you on the head with the message hammer. The anti-corporate and self-confidence messages are gr ...more
It all started with Les Miserables. After watching the most recent adaptation of the musical, I felt I needed to learn more about the subplot involving Marius and his friends and thus proceeded to read about the student-led Paris Uprising of 1832.
From there, I started to think about student-led rebellions and revolts in general and the year 1968 and its many students protests all around the world in particular.
Then, I thought of how I read a lot of You ...more
For reasons I can’t completely grasp (even after I finished it a week ago), I felt strongly connected to Jesse and Emily’s relationship. At times, I wanted to just throw the book across the room because the dread, the ache, the excitement between the two was so real to me. It felt like I was experiencing it myself. That would be thanks to author Madeleine George, who I was delighted to find out is a playwright living right in my backyard (NYC) ...more
Parts of this book I loved, and parts of it just made me feel awkward. I saw myself in the main character quite a bit, and then in other parts not so much. I think because I didn't date anyone in high school and wasn ...more
This book is about two female lovers that keep their love a secret. These two lovers are Jesse and Emily. Emily is very out going and tremendous leader who leads the school and runs the class government. She is very smart,pretty and popular. Jesse on the other hand is nothing like Emily. She doesn't quite "fit in" with her peers at s ...more
I chose the book The Difference Between You and Me because I had read it last year in english as a choice book and I really liked it so I decided to read it again.
The book is about two completely different people sharing only one thing in common; their love for each other. Jesse is different. She's not the typical high school student. She cuts her hair herself, wears big clunky green boots, and is the founder of her own organization. The National Organization to Liberate all Weirdos (NOLAW). Em...more